By J. Gregory Keyes

A blinding quest whose final result will bring up humanity to extraordinary heights of glory--or ring down a curtain of unending evening . . .1681: while Sir Isaac Newton turns his stressed brain to the traditional paintings of alchemy, he unleashes Philosopher's Mercury, a primal resource of subject and a key to manipulating the 4 parts of Earth, Air, fireplace, and Water. Now, as France and England conflict for its keep an eye on, Louis XIV demands a brand new weapon--a mysterious equipment recognized in simple terms as Newton's Cannon.Half a global away, a tender apprentice named Benjamin Franklin stumbles throughout a perilous mystery. Pursued through a perilous enemy--half scientist, part sorcerer--Ben makes his fugitive option to England. basically Newton himself might help him now. yet who may also help Sir Isaac? For he used to be no longer the 1st to unharness the Philosopher's Mercury. Others have been there earlier than him. Creatures as scornful of technological know-how as they're of mankind. And burning to be rid of either . . .

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And the more similar the objects, the more powerful the affinity. Gravity is the most general affinity, because the only similarity it requires is that the objects in question both be composed of matter. “And you also know that magnetism is more specific, for it only affects certain metals. That’s why a magnet will draw up iron even in defiance of gravity. “Well, the affinity that allows the aetherschreibers to write to one another across the ocean is much more specific. The chime— that crystal plate in the aetherschreiber—is twin to the one in England.

He sighed in exasperation. ” “Well, you can always sell ice,” John began, trying, for once, to brighten the conversation. It didn’t work; how could James know that Ben had been forbidden, essentially on pain of death, to continue his experiments? Of course, here he was, at it again. But if Bracewell could see him here—in his own, shuttered bedroom—then what hope was there? His only hope was that his nemesis had no magical scrying device that could spy through walls. “Well, men, try it,” John continued.

The dauphin is only ten years old. And if France should ever conclude a peace with her enemies, they will never allow Philip to sit both thrones. And if the king were dead, his will would be set aside by Parliament. They would never allow a bastard to rule in the place of Orléans, who is a legitimate prince. ” Adrienne asked. ” Torcy now revealed one of his true smiles, a hard, cold thing totally unlike the amiable facade he had presented earlier. Adrienne found that she liked this one better; it was real.

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